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Dare to Be Different (2017)

TV-14
95 min | Documentary, Music

U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Clash, The Cure: Over half a billion records sold but you may never have heard of them if not for a small suburban radio station on Long Island, NY: WLIR. In ...See moreU2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Clash, The Cure: Over half a billion records sold but you may never have heard of them if not for a small suburban radio station on Long Island, NY: WLIR. In August, 1982, a small group of radio visionaries knew they couldn't compete with the mega-stations in New York City. With one brave decision, they changed the sound of radio forever. Program Director Denis McNamara, the 'LIR crew and the biggest artists of the era tell the story of how they battled the FCC, the record labels, mega-radio and all the conventional rules to create a musical movement that brought the New Wave to America. See less
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98 cast members
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Nancy Abramson
Herself - WLIR - DJ Herself - WLIR - DJ   See fewer
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M. King Adkins
Himself (as Dr. M. King Adkins) Himself (as Dr. M. King Adkins)   See fewer
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Ron Alexenburg
Himself - Record Executive Himself - Record Executive   See fewer
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Sam Ash
Himself - Owner, Sam Ash Music Himself - Owner, Sam Ash Music   See fewer
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Tom Bailey
Himself - Lead Singer, The Thompson Twins Himself - Lead Singer, The Thompson Twins   See fewer
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Ivan Baker
Himself - Ivan Ivan - producer, manager, executive, DJ Himself - Ivan Ivan - producer, manager, executive, DJ   See fewer
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Jeff Beck
Himself - WLIR - production director / DJ Himself - WLIR - production director / DJ   See fewer
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Eric Bloom
Himself - Lead Singer, Blue Oyster Cult Himself - Lead Singer, Blue Oyster Cult   See fewer
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Delphine Blue
Herself - WLIR - DJ Herself - WLIR - DJ   See fewer
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Dj Byrd
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Pete Byrne
Himself - Lead Singer, Naked Eyes (as Peter Byrne) Himself - Lead Singer, Naked Eyes (as Peter Byrne)   See fewer
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George Cheyne
Himself - APB Himself - APB   See fewer
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Vince Clarke
Himself - Producer, Depeche Mode / Yaz / Yazoo / Erasure - keyboards Himself - Producer, Depeche Mode / Yaz / Yazoo / Erasure - keyboards   See fewer
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Miles A. Copeland III
Himself - The Police - manager, IRS Records - founder Himself - The Police - manager, IRS Records - founder   See fewer
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Paul Cramer
Himself - WXXP, Pittsburgh - DJ Himself - WXXP, Pittsburgh - DJ   See fewer
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Cy Curnin
Himself - Lead Singer, The Fixx Himself - Lead Singer, The Fixx   See fewer
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Gary Daly
Himself - China Crisis Himself - China Crisis   See fewer
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John De Bella
Himself - WLIR / Greater Media Philadelphia - DJ Himself - WLIR / Greater Media Philadelphia - DJ   See fewer
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Gary Dell'Abate
Himself - Baba Booey, Howard Stern Show - producer Himself - Baba Booey, Howard Stern Show - producer   See fewer
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Ron Delsener
Himself - Concert Promoter Himself - Concert Promoter   See fewer
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Rick Dobbis
Himself - Executive Himself - Executive   See fewer
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Thomas Dolby
Himself - Singer and Songwriter Himself - Singer and Songwriter   See fewer
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Donna Donna
Herself - WLIR / WBAB - DJ Herself - WLIR / WBAB - DJ   See fewer
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Larry Dunn
Himself - The Duck, WLIR - DJ / Music Director, Sirius DJ Himself - The Duck, WLIR - DJ / Music Director, Sirius DJ   See fewer
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Michael 'Eppy' Epstein
Himself - Owner, My Father's Place Himself - Owner, My Father's Place   See fewer
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Wayne Forte
Himself - Booking Agent Himself - Booking Agent   See fewer
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Chris Frantz
Himself - Talking Heads / Tom Tom Club - drums Himself - Talking Heads / Tom Tom Club - drums   See fewer
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John French
Himself - Guitarist, Twisted Sister Himself - Guitarist, Twisted Sister   See fewer
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Andy Geller
Himself - Long Tall Andy - WLIR - DJ, voice over artist Himself - Long Tall Andy - WLIR - DJ, voice over artist   See fewer
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Mark J. Goodman
Himself - Sirius Radio - DJ, MTV - VJ (as Mark Goodman) Himself - Sirius Radio - DJ, MTV - VJ (as Mark Goodman)   See fewer
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Jed The Fish Gould
Himself - KROQ - DJ (as Jed the Fish) Himself - KROQ - DJ (as Jed the Fish)   See fewer
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Charlie Greco
Himself - Promoter, The Malibu Night Club / Uncle Sam's / Spit - owner Himself - Promoter, The Malibu Night Club / Uncle Sam's / Spit - owner   See fewer
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Tony Greco
Himself - Promoter, The Malibu Night Club / Uncle Sam's / Spit - owner Himself - Promoter, The Malibu Night Club / Uncle Sam's / Spit - owner   See fewer
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Mike Guidotti
Himself - WLIR / Clear Channel - Chief Engineer Himself - WLIR / Clear Channel - Chief Engineer   See fewer
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Debbie Harry
Herself - Blondie - singer / songwriter Herself - Blondie - singer / songwriter   See fewer
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Billy Howerdel
Himself - Ashes Divide / A Perfect Circle - singer / songwriter Himself - Ashes Divide / A Perfect Circle - singer / songwriter   See fewer
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Billy Idol
Himself - Singer / Songwriter Himself - Singer / Songwriter   See fewer
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Joan Jett
Herself - The Runaways, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - singer / songwriter Herself - The Runaways, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - singer / songwriter   See fewer
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Howard Jones
Himself - singer / songwriter / keyboards Himself - singer / songwriter / keyboards   See fewer
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Steve Jones
Himself - ABC Radio - VP / GM, WLIR - DJ Himself - ABC Radio - VP / GM, WLIR - DJ   See fewer
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Jim Kerr
Himself - Lead Singer, Simple Minds Himself - Lead Singer, Simple Minds   See fewer
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Bob Kranes
Himself - WLIR - DJ Himself - WLIR - DJ   See fewer
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Kenny Laguna
Himself - Joan Jett - manager, Tommy James and the Shondells-singer Himself - Joan Jett - manager, Tommy James and the Shondells-singer   See fewer
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Steve Leeds
Himself - Sirius XM Radio - VP Talent Himself - Sirius XM Radio - VP Talent   See fewer
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Mickey Leigh
Himself - Singer, The Rattlers Himself - Singer, The Rattlers   See fewer
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Max Leinwand
Himself - The Mighty Maxximizer, WLIR - DJ Himself - The Mighty Maxximizer, WLIR - DJ   See fewer
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Katrina Leskanich
Herself - Lead Singer, Katrina and the Waves Herself - Lead Singer, Katrina and the Waves   See fewer
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Howard Liberman
Himself - Communications / FCC attorney Himself - Communications / FCC attorney   See fewer
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Eddie Lundon
Himself - China Crisis Himself - China Crisis   See fewer
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Annabella Lwin
Herself - Lead Singer, Bow Wow Wow Herself - Lead Singer, Bow Wow Wow   See fewer
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Lori Majewski
Herself - Author, 'Mad World' Herself - Author, 'Mad World'   See fewer
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Ben Manilla
Himself - WLIR - DJ Himself - WLIR - DJ   See fewer
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Mickey Marchello
Himself - Guitarist, The Good Rats Himself - Guitarist, The Good Rats   See fewer
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Dianne Marino
Herself - Executive Assistant to Ron Delsener Herself - Executive Assistant to Ron Delsener   See fewer
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Bob Marrone
Himself - WLIR - DJ / News Himself - WLIR - DJ / News   See fewer
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Sue McCann
Herself - Malibu Sue, WLIR - DJ / Music Director Herself - Malibu Sue, WLIR - DJ / Music Director   See fewer
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Paul McGuinness
Himself - Manager, U2 Himself - Manager, U2   See fewer
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Cassie Reilly McNamara
Herself - Denis' Daughter Herself - Denis' Daughter   See fewer
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Dan McNamara
Himself - Denis' Son Himself - Denis' Son   See fewer
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Denis McNamara
Himself - WLIR - Program Director Himself - WLIR - Program Director   See fewer
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Monte Melnick
Himself - Tour Manager, The Ramones Himself - Tour Manager, The Ramones   See fewer
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Steve North
Himself - WLIR - news Himself - WLIR - news   See fewer
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Susan Ottaviano
Herself - Lead Singer, Book of Love Herself - Lead Singer, Book of Love   See fewer
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Theodore Ottaviano
Himself - Keyboardist, Book of Love Himself - Keyboardist, Book of Love   See fewer
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Michael Pagnotta
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Arthur Scott Peacock
Himself - DJ Bird - WLIR / WXXP - DJ Himself - DJ Bird - WLIR / WXXP - DJ   See fewer
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Joel Peresman
Himself - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation - Chair / CEO Himself - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation - Chair / CEO   See fewer
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Mike Peters
Himself - The Alarm / Big Country - singer / songwriter / guitar Himself - The Alarm / Big Country - singer / songwriter / guitar   See fewer
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Matt Pinfield
Himself - Radio and TV Host, MTV-VH1 VJ Himself - Radio and TV Host, MTV-VH1 VJ   See fewer
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Julie Price
Herself - WLIR - marketing / The Airline Herself - WLIR - marketing / The Airline   See fewer
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Nick Rhodes
Himself - Duran Duran - singer / songwriter / keyboards Himself - Duran Duran - singer / songwriter / keyboards   See fewer
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Joe Riccitelli
Himself - RCA Records - EVP Himself - RCA Records - EVP   See fewer
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Glenn Roberts
Himself - APB Himself - APB   See fewer
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Lauren Roselli
Herself - Keybaordist, Book of Love Herself - Keybaordist, Book of Love   See fewer
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Seth Rudman
Himself - Shigaku Trading UK and Dutch East Trading USA - Owner Himself - Shigaku Trading UK and Dutch East Trading USA - Owner   See fewer
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John Scher
Himself - Manager, Producer, Concert Promoter Himself - Manager, Producer, Concert Promoter   See fewer
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Fred Schneider
Himself - Singer and Songwriter, B-52's Himself - Singer and Songwriter, B-52's   See fewer
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Michael Score
Himself - Flock of Seagulls - lead singer / songwriter / keyboards Himself - Flock of Seagulls - lead singer / songwriter / keyboards   See fewer
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Carl Segal
Himself - Entertainment Executive Himself - Entertainment Executive   See fewer
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Rick Shoor
Himself - FBI - VP / booking agent Himself - FBI - VP / booking agent   See fewer
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Bob Shuster
Himself - Sound Engineer, Electronics Expert Himself - Sound Engineer, Electronics Expert   See fewer
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Carol Silva
Herself - WLIR - New Director Herself - WLIR - New Director   See fewer
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Iain Slater
Himself - Lead Singer, APB Himself - Lead Singer, APB   See fewer
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Curt Smith
Himself - Singer and Songwriter, Tears for Fears Himself - Singer and Songwriter, Tears for Fears   See fewer
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Darrin Smith
Himself - Sirius Radio First Wave - VP / program director Himself - Sirius Radio First Wave - VP / program director   See fewer
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Elton Spitzer
Himself - WLIR - owner Himself - WLIR - owner   See fewer
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Chris Stein
Himself - Blondie - singer / producer / guitar Himself - Blondie - singer / producer / guitar   See fewer
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Seymour Stein
Himself - Founder, Sire Records Himself - Founder, Sire Records   See fewer
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Ed Steinberg
Himself - Founder, Rockamerica Himself - Founder, Rockamerica   See fewer
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Steve Thompson
Himself - Music Producer Himself - Music Producer   See fewer
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Glenn Tilbrook
Himself - Singer and Songwriter, Squeeze Himself - Singer and Songwriter, Squeeze   See fewer
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Laurence Tolhurst
Himself - Drummer, The Cure Himself - Drummer, The Cure   See fewer
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Midge Ure
Himself - Ultravox, Live Aid, Band Aid - producer / singer / songwriter Himself - Ultravox, Live Aid, Band Aid - producer / singer / songwriter   See fewer
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Vinny Vero
Himself - Music Producer and Musician Himself - Music Producer and Musician   See fewer
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Dave Wakeling
Himself - The English Beat / General Public - singer / songwriter Himself - The English Beat / General Public - singer / songwriter   See fewer
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Bob Waugh
Himself - WLIR / WRNR - DJ Himself - WLIR / WRNR - DJ   See fewer
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Tina Weymouth
Herself - Bassist, Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club Herself - Bassist, Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club   See fewer
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Ray White
Himself - WLIR - DJ Himself - WLIR - DJ   See fewer
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7.5 / 10 | 260 votes